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Rangoli Designs and Rangoli Patterns

Diwali Rangoli Designs 

So what exactly are Diwali Rangoli designs? Rangoli designs (also called Kolam or Alpana) are a traditional art from India. The tradition is to decorate the floors of courtyards and living rooms during the Hindu festivals. The symbols or patterns used during Rangoli are said to bring good luck throughout the year and to keep evil spirits away. They are said to be spiritual welcoming areas for Hindu gods. These ancient Rangoli patterns have been passed down from various Rangoli patterns are usually created with colored rice, flowers, sand or even dry colored flour.

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Rangolis have become more of a social art, where women can have fun with their relatives and friends. Even social clubs carry out Rangoli contests in which the best Rangoli designs are given a prize, these designs aren’t just a popular cultural tradition of India but is also renowned globally as an art form.generations and so the art form has been kept mortal. The word Rangoli comes from the word ‘rang’ which mean color and ‘aavalli’ meaning row of colors. Rangoli designs are started with dots, lines, or other geometric shapes, and it is believed that the talent also descends from one generation to another, which means that it is not necessary for one to be an artist to make superb Rangoli designs; it is merely a gift to create beautiful Rangoli.

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Rangoli Designs with Flowers

Many Rangoli designs are made in the form of flowers. The history of these flower designs comes from way back; pretty much from the time of King Mahabali. It is said that during Onam, the King’s spirit comes to visit. Rangoli has different names in different regions of India, and every region has a different style of art. The flower art Rangoli is mostly celebrated in the region of Kerala.

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Rangoli patterns that are made of flowers are called Puvidal; these designs are usually termed as Pookhalam. Pookhalam is made up of 2 words; ‘poov’ which means flowers and ‘khalam’ which mean color sketches on the ground. The intricate Rangoli designs are carried out in a ten day celebration during Onam. These flowers patterns are usually circular in shape and are made with a vast variety of different colored flowers. The diameter of these flowers Rangoli patterns is about four to five meters.

The basic pattern is laid out on the first day and is made ready by the tenth day of Onam; during the days flowers are added to increase its size day by day. Making of this flower Rangoli requires time, patience and creativity, and it is a team effort which is made fun by the laughing and feeling of enjoyment that is spread around the air when it’s time for this colorful tradition.

Easy Rangoli Designs

Rangoli is a type of folk art from India; all its symbols, drawings, and designs have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of the Rangoli designs are extremely beautiful, yet they say a person does not have to be an amazing artist with extreme skill to conjure up mind a blowing Rangoli. Just as the tradition of Rangoli has been passed down from generation to generation, the skill is also said to be given from family to family. Rangoli designs are made during festivities and holidays as decoration and even though they seem complicated to create, they are, on the contrary, quite simple to make.

All the patterns start the same way; with a simple dot, a line, or other geometric shapes. The base material to make Rangoli is either rice or flour and in some cases flowers are also used as the medium of the decoration. Some tips on to make easy Rangoli is to use black paper and chalk and to outline the pattern and then to later use rice or flour to brighten it up. Some of the best Rangoli designs are the ones that are kept simple, by using a variety of colors and patterns. As they say, simplicity is the best policy. Rangoli is now an emerging art form from India and its specialty is that only is it a social art, but also that it has deep spiritual meaning behind it.

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Regardless of what the designs may be, it is a type of art that brings happiness and positive vibes throughout the process. With a variety of designs to choose from, it is given that every individual will contribute his efforts, regardless of his expertise in the areas of art. The easy designs are pretty simple, which can be designed by the new participants as well as the pro-artists.

Two, three or ten, it does not really matter how many colors a person might choose for his Rangoli. The whole concept is to have fun and spread positivity by the means of simple design art.

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